The opening stages in the search for a new superintendent in the Hamburg Central School District will get under way when the district’s consultant meets with focus groups this week to obtain their ideas on the qualities they would like to see in a new chief officer.

The consultant, Vincent J. Coppola, also plans to start preparing a brochure that would be sent out to prospective candidates.

The time line adopted by the School Board last week includes a meeting between Coppola and the School Board Dec. 12, when the board would review the brochure.

Applications are due Jan. 3, and information on the six to eight more promising candidates would be given to the board in mid-January. The group would be reduced to five or six semi-finalists, who would be interviewed by the board at the end of January.

The board would interview the three finalists Feb. 4, 5, and 6 and make the final selection, then visit the home district of the finalist and negotiate a contract. The board would announce the selection of the new superintendent March 3.

Also this week:

• The winter overnight parking ban is in effect throughout the town. No parking is allowed on village streets from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. through April 1, or on town roads during the same hours through March 31.

• The Hamburg Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 100 Main St., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.

• The Frontier School Board meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave., Hamburg. The board is first meeting at 6 p.m. in executive session.

• The Hamburg Village Architectural Review Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

• The Blasdell Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

• The town Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.